Saturday, 17 October 2015

A Little Update

Aloha my lovlies!

Who is this you might ask? Well as I hang my head in shame I'm just checking in to say that am in fact still alive, despite seemingly dropping off the face of the earth for almost 2 months. I'm not going to bore you by making excuses as to why I've been away so long. I guess I just really suck at time management.  Please don't think I've forgotten about NotSoPlainJayne. I assure you I've been itching to get back into blogging for weeks now. The problem is that I always want to be able to supply you with the best quality content possible, from photography to the written words. Being such a perfectionist has it's downfalls you know.

So where do I start? I've just begun my third year of my undergraduate degree which is daunting enough by itself. If you didn't know I'm a Musical Theatre student at Chichester Univeristy. Despite the huge stigma that performance degree's aren't a proper degree my course is anything but 'easy' (Don't even get me started. Such rage) I would like to see most people on so called 'proper' degrees manage the physical and emotional stresses of doing several dance classes a day as well as singing lessons, not to mention all the of behind the scenes effort including rehearsing, hours of research and remembering to breathe every now and again. Oh and in addition to all that try learning 21 different parts for the same show. (Seriously I told you not to get me started...this is what happens #stageyandproud)

Way back in August my blog celebrated it's first blogiversary & I honestly can't believe that it's been over an entire year already.It's been a huge year for first's, I tried my dab hand at some beauty focused blogging as well a couple of reviews and the odd advice piece. Looking back at some of my first posts I have to admit I cringe a little. The dodgy photography & overly processed edits are too much for me to handle, not to mention my writing style made me sound like an absolute loon. My style has changed so much since the beginning & I love the direction that my blog is heading in. It's crazy to think how nervous I was as I was designing my first layout & to say I look mortified in my photos would be an understatement. It sounds so silly but having my blog has really opened my eyes to a whole host of career paths that I'd never considered before. Fashion is still a huge part of my life and continues to dominate my brain ( much to the disgruntlement of my poor bank account). I've got so many ideas for up coming projects and really can't wait to get stuck in. Having a blog is like having a a public style diary. I love the fact that I can scroll back and see what I was wearing this time last year and compare it with my sense of style now.

WARNING: Here comes the soppy bit. One year on and 20,000 views later I never could have imagined what a positive response I would get. Obviously without you lovely folks then I probably wouldn't have even bothered to continue with this whole thing, so this is me saying a massive thank you to anyone who has ever read my blog. Weather that be as a one off when you got seriously bored or every post without fail. I really am so grateful for all your support over the last year & I promise I'll continue to make NotSoPlainJayne the best it can be.I think what I have to remember is the reason I started my blog in the first place. For fun. I'ts not like I'm being paid to do it ( although any offers would be lovely). Essentially It's just my way of sharing what I love. Yes, there are still many things I want to improve on ( Blog photography, Sticking to upload dates, stop using so many exclamation marks etc.) But my blog has already been through a whirlwind transformation over the last 14 months and here's hoping that the next year will bring bigger and better things!

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Sunday, 14 June 2015

Top tips for sorting your wardrobe

Aloha my lovelies!

So I'm a little bit late with my 'Spring Cleaning' process since it's already almost half way through June. Whoops. However, the entire purpose of Spring cleaning a wardrobe sort out is to decide what you actually wear and to determine whats missing from your collection. Right now I'm just in the midst of purchasing some pieces for my Holiday to Tenerife next month, and with one glace at my currently existing closet I can safely say it's going to become a complete overhaul! Today I'm going to share with you my top tips & tricks for whittling down your wardrobe.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

5 Things To Consider Before Buying

Aloha my lovelies!

Now I don't know about you, but I am the worst when it comes to shopping. I can easily spend hours trying on various pieces and come back with bags of clothes, much to my bank accounts disgruntlement, only to then sit in my wardrobe untouched. In the past I've definitely made a few impulse buys and then forgotten about them until they're no longer returnable. Over the years I've begun to become a lot more selective with my purchases. Here's my guide to a few things you should consider before parting with your pennies.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

OUTFIT: Nothing feels the way it was before

T-Shirt - Topshop // Trousers - Topshop // Court Shoes - New Look // Coat - ARK 

Aloha my lovelies!

As you may have noticed my style has changed quite a bit over the last few weeks. I've been taking some heavy inspiration from bloggers such as Victoria (InTheFrow) and Sammi from BeautyCrush. Nowadays I'm all about creating a minimalistic look with a sophisticated edge and this loose fitting top tucked into these beautiful cigarette trousers ticks all the boxes when it comes to effortless chic. It's such a classic combination that works so well for everyday. These trousers have proved to be a serious nuisance when it comes to trying to photograph them! None the less I still adore the iridescent shine and Japanese inspired pattern. They're so unique and are a great essential part of my Spring wardrobe.

If you're a follower of my Instagram then you will have seen that I posted a photo a while back whilst searching for the perfect pair of nude courts. I found these beauties in New Look after trying on more pairs than I care to admit! I particularly love the cut away inside - it's so flattering on my wide feet, not to mention they're super comfy and help to elongate my short podgy legs. There's something about court shoes that makes me feel so much more put together, probably because they make the clip clop sound when I walk. You can wear them with pretty much anything and they'll instantly give your outfit a whole load of glam, which is always a good thing in my eyes! Of course the look wouldn't be complete without my pink coat. I can't even express how glad I am for spying it in the sale.

What are your spring style staples?
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